For the last two years, the economic indicators for the Western region have advanced above the neutral zone of 50.0 – thanks in no small part to the growth in energy, exports and agriculture. The Mountain States region includes Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, and that region is performing above the national average, according to the […]
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The Legislative Audit Committee’s going online. The committee approved a request yesterday by Seante President Brandon Shaffer of Longmont to perform an emergency audit of online public schools operating in Colorado. Shaffer requested the audit after reviewing state reports that raise concerns about the efficacy of some of the online program. “When I was in […]
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Retail giant Walmart is suing the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority and the Colorado Department of Revenue because the company doesn’t think it should be required to collect transportation taxes for the new Walmart and Sam’s Club in Fountain. The lawsuit is set for bench trial in Denver District Court starting Sept. 9. PPRTA collects […]
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Colorado’s position as a key battleground state in the 2012 presidential race comes with a wrinkle neither party seems to like: A freewheeling ballot initiative tradition that could put both legalizing marijuana and gay marriage before voters on Election Day next year. Marijuana activists have begun gathering signatures to ask voters to allow pot for […]
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Colorado is part of a $34.5 million multi-state settlement with GE Funding Capital Market Services, according to the state’s attorney general’s office. The settlement involved allegations that the company engaged in anticompetitive conduct in the municipal bond derivatives industry, said Attorney General John Suthers. The settlement is a component of a $70 million coordinated state […]
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  The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission is considering cuts for big game hunting for elk, deer and pronghorn sheep this year.   The commission is meeting Thursday in Grand Junction, where members will decide the best ways to stabilize herds.   Biologists are recommending a quota of 139,000 limited elk licenses, which represents a […]
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  People who lost their jobs because of the Black Forest fire might be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance, a federal program that provides temporary financial assistance to workers. The benefits are available to people who have lost their jobs because of a disaster and do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits, according to a […]
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A Republican bill encouraging Colorado agencies to seek waivers from federal regulations got initial approval. The proposal would direct state agencies to explore whether it’s possible to seek waivers from federal regulations and determine if it’s possible for Colorado to implement its own rules. Agencies would report to the Legislature annually to discuss waiver possibilities. […]
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Congress and the White House face the choice of continued fighting or a shift toward bipartisan bargaining after the Senate voted to kill President Barack Obama’s $447 billion jobs plan. They’re likely to do both as they seek to produce results sought by a discontented public while also drawing bright political lines for voters as […]
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The Colorado House of Representatives is considering a bill that seeks to create a comprehensive international export development program for advanced industries. Proponents say House Bill 1193 is a tool for the state’s small- and medium-sized industries that might not have resources needed to export goods overseas. The bill will provide money, training and consulting […]
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Colorado’s most prominent politicians for and against legalizing marijuana are talking about the question today in Vail. Democratic Rep. Jared Polis and Republican Attorney General John Suthers are among the participants in a discussion at the Vail Symposium. Polis says the federal government should end marijuana prohibition and let states decide whether to allow the […]
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Redistricting discussions are building this week to a crescendo at the State Legislature. EDC, The Chamber of Commerce and the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors are all watching developments closely as the final determination could have major impact on El Paso County’s military installations and legislative bargaining in the future. Stay tuned for details on […]
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